I spent the last week working on overhauling the Dreadfort. It is one of the oldest places I’ve built in Alpha, and its never had any real work done to it, aside from re-purposing it once. It was originally setup as a castle for an evil sorceror, then it was changed to be a fortress for an elite battle-mage squadron of my empire’s military.
It needed a lot of work. Some of the floors were too low, rooms were tiny, etc. I fixed the short floors, made the main structure slightly wider, and redid the entire lower section. I even found a shiny new 3×3 piston gate that opens FAST! And its only one block deep, as opposed the old 3×3 door there – whose mechanics took up an insane amount of space.
The Dreadfort is now setup as a royal palace for the Imperial Royal Family. I needed another residence, sort of a get-away location. The Dreadfort is isolated on a mountain in the middle of a desert, so it works. Now I just need to figure out what to do with my Battle-Mages. I took their home, and need to build them a new one somewhere.
Here are some before and after pictures.